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TOH! Remembers the Leading Men the Film Community Lost in 2013

As part of our "TOH! Remembers" series, our contributors look back on the leading men the film community lost this year, from Peter O'Toole to James Gandolfini, Paul Walker and more.
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  • December 24, 2013 11:00 AM
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Gotham Awards Go to Coens, McConaughey, Larson, and Coogler, '12 Years a Slave' Gets Zip, Daniels Fights Back

The Independent Feature Project's Gotham Awards are truly New York indie, just as Film Independent's Indie Spirits are very Los Angeles. Thus Monday night's awards benefited feature winner "Inside Llewyn Davis," a portrait of the 60s New York folk scene from New York's own Coen brothers, "Fruitvale Station," which won best rising director and artist for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, respectively, and actor winners Brie Larson ("Short Term 12") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2013 10:48 PM
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Actors Talk Actors: Julia Roberts, Ralph Fiennes, Benicio Del Toro and More Discuss This Year's Oscar Contenders in Variety

In Variety's new SAG preview, 35 different actors discuss this year's likely Oscar contenders: Ralph Fiennes talks Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave," Candice Bergen talks Sandra Bullock in "Gravity," Julia Roberts talks James Gandolfini in "Enough Said" and much more. Quote highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2013 3:00 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Enough Said' Scores Big for Searchlight, 'Rush' Decent for Universal

The race to open films shown at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals began with two significant platform releases. This sets the pattern from now until the end of the year. Leading the way was Fox Searchlight's "Enough Said," with a surprisingly stellar gross, driven by rave reviews and curiosity about the late James Gandolfini's second to last film. It outpaced the other new limited opening, Universal's action biopic "Rush," which with top-end urban moviegoer appeal grabbed a decent sampling to go with its strong festival reaction and decent reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 22, 2013 11:50 PM
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TIFF Trailer Watch: Nicole Holofcener's 'Enough Said,' Starring James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The trailer for Nicole Holofcener's latest, "Enough Said," has landed. The film, which stars the late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is headed to TIFF, and hits theaters September 20.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 6, 2013 2:05 PM
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James Gandolfini Remembered at Manhattan Funeral Services by David Chase, Family and Friends

The funeral for James Gandolfini was attended today by 1,500 mourners at Manhattan's Saint John the Divine Cathedral Church. "Sopranos" creator David Chase along with many others eulogized the late actor; a selection of quotes from the services and coverage below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2013 3:06 PM
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Funeral Arrangements Set for James Gandolfini

The funeral services for James Gandolfini will be held Thursday, June 27 at 10am at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan. The 51-year-old TV and film star, best known for his role on HBO's "The Sopranos," died last Wednesday of a heart attack while vacationing in Italy.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 24, 2013 11:28 AM
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James Gandolfini the Movie Actor, Tributes and Clips

James Gandolfini left us far too soon at age 51 on June 20; he died of cardiac arrest in an ambulance on the way to a Rome hospital after suffering a severe heart attack. The actor was scheduled to receive the City of Taormina award on Saturday during his stay in Italy; the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily is now preparing a tribute to the actor.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 20, 2013 1:35 PM
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'Not Fade Away' Creator David Chase Wants to Stick with Film, But Return to Genre

I expected "Sopranos" creator David Chase to be scary and intimidating. He's a sweetheart. I first met him at an industry screening of "Not Fade Away," a look back at his days as a young musician in New Jersey. The movie opened December 21 after a New York Film Festival launch. Is this movie commercial? No. But it's good. And it hits the Boomer demo head on. Did you listen to John Mayall and James Brown in high school? Remember when vinyl records were wrapped in plastic and people wore pea coats and grey suede Vegas boots? Then this movie is for you.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2012 6:22 PM
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'Not Fade Away': NYFF Review Round-Up for 'Soprano' Creator David Chase's Film Debut

"Sopranos"-creator David Chase had his feature directorial debut "Not Fade Away" October 4 at NYFF, to mostly positive response from the early reviewers (catalogued below). Rather than chronicle the rise and fall of successful rock group, "Not Fade Away" tells the story of a band that didn't quite make it in the 1960s. Critics note that the political and contextual backdrop fall second fiddle to young romance and family struggles in the movie. While the history is a little messy, everyone agrees that the music is great.
  • By Maggie Lange and Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2012 12:54 PM
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